Jun
01
2007

Athena's eggs have all hatched

Big surprise! Sometime between Tuesday and yesterday, the fourth egg hatched. (This youngest bird hatched out of the first egg laid, and we didn't have high hopes for it.)

The whole brood: This shot, captured yesterday, shows Athena and all her chicks.
The whole brood: This shot, captured yesterday, shows Athena and all her chicks.

Dinner time...: Keeping these guys fed is a full-time job.
Dinner time...: Keeping these guys fed is a full-time job.

The young birds will grow fast, and will fledge--leave their nest--sometime in mid July. They'll stay with their parents for about two months afterward, learning to hunt. First the parents catch prey and the young birds learn to snatch it from them in mid-air. When they get good at that, the chicks start learning to hunt on their own.

Here's the sobering truth, though: On average, only two juveniles successfully fledge per nest. And the first year is dangerous. But a peregrine that survives the first year has a good shot at a long life. Some birds have even lived to be 18-20, but that's not typical. An average lifespan is more likely somewhere between 2 and 8 years.

New pictures appear every few minutes on the High Bridge Falcon Cam daily photos site.

Here are earlier 2007 falcon updates, as well as the story of the 2006 season. Or learn more about peregrines, and get to know Athena.

Visitors to the museum get to name falcon chicks. Right now, we're taking name suggestions. Later on, we'll turn those into a visitor poll, and the names with the most votes will go to the chicks.

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Liza says:

Scientists will be banding Athena's chicks at 9am on Tuesday, 6/26.

posted on Wed, 06/20/2007 - 4:32pm
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Liza says:

My contact at Xcel Energy tells me he will try to get the control room to focus the falcon cam on the chicks while they're being banded.

So we should be able to see some of the banding process on the monitor in the Mississippi River Gallery, if you're here at the museum on Tuesday morning, or via Xcel's online bird cam.

posted on Thu, 06/21/2007 - 10:22am
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Anonymous says:

yay! i love falcons so much@ i hope they all grow to be big and fat! :)

posted on Sat, 05/08/2010 - 5:11pm

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